John Earl Drana received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his law degree from Marquette University Law School. While at Marquette, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Marquette University National Sports Law Journal.
In 1988, John worked for the Honorable Herb Kohl, United States Senator and owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1990, John served under current SEC Commissioner, Mike Slive, as the legal intern for the Commissioners Office of Conference USA where he authored the athlete code of conduct and participated in the negotiations of the Conference’s inaugural television contract.
Since 1992, John has worked as a sports and labor law attorney and has represented corporations and athletes in all aspects of contract negotiations and administration of such contracts, including player contracts, collective bargaining, grievance handling and arbitration, and worker’s compensation.
John is a Certified Registered Agent with the National Football League Players Association and serves on the National Football League Players Association Worker’s Compensation Attorney Panel. In addition to representing professional athletes in player contract negotiations, John manages their marketing interests in endorsement contracts, licensing and sponsorship agreements, television and media relations, speaking engagements, charity functions, personal appearances and autograph sessions, crisis communications and career planning.
John has also represented various corporations in sports television and media programming arrangements, licensing and sponsorship agreements with athletes and various professional sports leagues, and has represented clients in sports related arbitration.
In addition to being a frequent lecturer on sports law issues, John has served as a Board of Director for the Wisconsin State Bar Sports & Entertainment Section and the Marquette University Sports Law Institute. He has also served as a Board of Director for The Matthew Hasselbeck Foundation, The Ahman Green Youth Foundation and Wisconsin’s Professional Golf Association (PGA) Junior Foundation.